Focus on the Hereafter and the world will come to you

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Is this Hadith authentic?

Sayyiduna Zayd ibn Thabit (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reported, I heard the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) say,

“Whoever makes the world his more important matter, Allah will confound his affairs and make poverty appear before his eyes and he will not get anything from the world except what has been decreed for him.

Whoever makes the Hereafter his most important matter Allah will settle his affairs and make him content in his heart and the world will come to him although he does not want it.”



Imam Ibn Majah and Imam Ahmad (rahimahumallah) have recorded the version cited above. ‘Allamah ‘Iraqi (rahimahullah) has declared the chain of Sunan Ibn Majah authentic (jayyid) and ‘Allamah Busiri (rahimahullah) has declared the narrators reliable.

(Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith: 4105 and Musnad Ahmad, vol. 5 pg. 183. Refer: Al Mughni ‘An Hamlil Asfar, Hadith: 4237 Zawaid Sunan Ibn Majah, pg. 532, Hadith: 1381)


Imam Tirmidhi (rahimahullah) has also recorded a similar narration on the authority of Sayyiduna Anas ibn Malik (radiyallahu ‘anhu).

(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 2465)

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

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